Ronald “Ron” David Hudson, 74, of Russellville, died Wednesday, June 2, 2021, at Saint Mary's Regional Medical Center. The son of Harold and Mary Lucille (Rainwater) Hudson, he was born November 1, 1946, in Charleston, AR. He married Debbie (Shipley) Hudson, on April 30, 1983, in Russellville.
Ron was a 29-year career Veteran with the United States Army and the Arkansas Army National Guard. Rising to the rank of Lieutenant Colonel, he was a highly decorated and awarded serviceman, including the National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal and two Overseas Service bars. Upon enlistment in 1967, Cadet Hudson was immediately sent to the combat zone in Vietnam where he suffered a wound and was awarded the Purple Heart on May 28, 1969.
Although military service marked the major part of Ron’s life and career, he was proud of his family and loved spending as much time as possible with them enjoying celebration gatherings & building meaningful traditions and memories together. His son, Aaron, was his pride and joy. Channeling the rich discipline of his military experience & success, Ron worked with Boy Scouts of America and helped Aaron earn the prestigious Eagle Scout Award by the time he was just 14 years old. Ron affiliated with the Methodist faith and enjoyed going to classic car exhibits.
Ron was preceded in death by his parents. The family he so dearly loved and who survive him include his wife of 38 years, Debbie; their son, Aaron Hudson, both of Russellville; his sister, Sharon Hall (Ronald) of Skiatook, Oklahoma, and numerous other relatives, friends and colleagues.
Cremation arrangements are provided by the Herman Humphrey Dignity Cremation Center of Russellville. The interment of cremains will take place at Fort Smith National Cemetery on Wednesday, June 9, 3:00 PM, under the direction of Humphrey Funeral Service with full military honors provided through the Fort Sill Honors Team.
A family-led memorial service will be held on Wednesday, June 16, at Pottsville First Baptist Church from 2:00 to 4:00 PM. Internet obituary and on-line guest book are available at www.humphreyfuneral.com.
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